DETROIT LAKES -- On May 18, five Otter Tail County residents -- Jon Anderson, Izack Bailey, Arlyn and Gail Hustad and Anthony Manderud -- opened Lakes Country Wellness, a CBD (cannabidiol) store, in Detroit Lakes.
"'Wellness' is kind of where this is going, for why people take the product," Anderson said, explaining the name. The "Lakes Country" part came because "You guys (DL) are the lakers ... everybody's got lakes country of some sort written on the windows. It just kind of fits the Minnesota vibe."
CBD is often used to address address pain, anxiety, insomnia and other ailments, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Lakes Country Wellness sells CBD products such as pain cream, oils and more.
"Our best seller is definitely the CBD-infused muscle cream," Bailey said.
"This one here," Anderson said, pointing at the 1500 milligram mint oil, "it works. I have a lot of back pain, I had a car accident back in 2001. Now I'm in no pain and I've been taking the 1500."
Anderson and the Hustads live in the Battle Lake area; Bailey lives in Fergus Falls, and Manderud in Underwood.
The five co-owners didn't plan to take more than five months to open the new business.
"We signed the lease at the end of December," Anderson said. "The day we were ready and set to open (in March) is the day the governor of Minnesota said 'no, we're going to shut down'."
While having to wait for an unknown amount of time before opening was frustrating, "We're happy that we're finally able to be open," Anderson said.
Since there was an extra two months of time, there's more than enough products in storage at Lakes Country Wellness right now, waiting for people to order. The owners have also had time to figure out what they want to add to the business, like a 0% THC oil, pet CBD gummies and different flavors of the oil.
The owners grow the hemp for their CBD products in Minnesota; last year was their first year farming it. After the crop is grown, it's taken to a laboratory for testing and manufacturing.
"Ours is full-spectrum versus isolate," Bailey said, explaining that the difference is that full-spectrum contains all the different cannabinoids in hemp while isolate is only CBD. "It cooperates with your body in a much more friendly way."